OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has been removed from the company’s board due to a lack of “candid communication,” as announced by the AI startup. The decision was made following a review process that determined Altman’s inconsistent communication with the board, hindering its ability to fulfill its responsibilities. Consequently, the board lost confidence in Altman’s leadership.
Mira Murati, the Chief Technology Officer, has taken on the role of interim CEO, and the company will initiate a search for a permanent CEO. The announcement also mentioned that co-founder and president Greg Brockman would step down as chairman of the board but remain with the company. Altman shared his departure on social media, expressing love for his time at OpenAI.
The sudden development comes after Altman’s significant contributions to OpenAI, particularly in the AI arms race initiated by last year’s release of ChatGPT. Altman’s removal follows his recent keynote address at the company’s DevDay conference and participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.